Lakers News: Odds And Lines As L.A. Tries To Nab First Win Of Season In Denver
At 7 p.m. PT tonight, All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis and the rest of your 0-3 Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to pick up their first win of the 2022-23 season when they visit reigning two-time MVP center Nikola Jokic and his 2-2 Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. The contest will be broadcast locally on ESPN and Spectrum SportsNet.
Denver was expected to be a real contender in the Western Conference this season, but has gotten off to an uneven start as it tries to reintegrate starters Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., who missed all but 11 games between them last season, into the starting lineup this season. The team also traded for Kentavious Caldwell–Pope, a former Lakers champ.
Los Angeles has moved shooting guard Austin Reaves into their starting lineup in place of injured point guard Russell Westbrook. In addition to Lonnie Walker IV and Patrick Beverley in the backcourt, and James and Davis in frontcourt.
While Russ may have taken some time off, the on-court product will still be a struggle for the Lakers to beat the Nuggets at home. So to stay invested in the action regardless of who’s going to win, let’s take a look at some of the betting odds and lines heading into tonight, all via BetOnline.
The Game Spread
As of now, the Nuggets are five-point favorites to win tonight. Prior to this season, I would have bet against your Lakers to win. L.A. has suffered some close losses (two of the three were within six point range) and the Nuggets are still struggling to be world-beaters. The possibility of Westbrook being lost for the game could be considered addition by subtraction due to his ability to negatively impact winning late in games these day. Be bold, take under!
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First Team To Make A Three
The Nuggets’ line for this is -124, while the Lakers’ is -108. Given that L.A. has only made a league-worst 21.2% of its triples as a team, betting on Denver to get cooking from deep first seems like one of the safer wagers you could make tonight.
As of this writing (per ESPN), Denver’s scorching-hot 41.6% three-point percentage ranks it second among all NBA teams. The club currently ranks just 20th in long range attempts per game, however, at 31.3. The Lakers’ 39.3 treys a game is sixth-highest in the league at present.
Triple Double Watch
Jokic ( 250), James ( 550), and Davis ( 6500) could all be triple-double threats.
The heavy favorite in this section is of course Jokic (with apologies for LeBron). Jokic is almost averaging a triple-double (20.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 9.5 assists) this season. He’s hit that mark twice, and barely missed out in his last game, a blowout loss to the Portland Trail Blazers (he had a 9/9/9 night in 26: 58 minutes).
LBJ is yet to record a triple-double, but he has been close in all three Lakers losses. He posted a 31-point, 15-rebound, 8-assist line against the Golden State Warriors, a 20-point, 10-rebound, 6-assist night against the Clippers, and a 31-point, 8-rebound, 8-assist night against Portland.
Davis has not yet recorded a double-double this year. This makes it difficult for him to expect a triple-double against the MVP.
Jokic clearly is the play here.
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